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Cradle of Forestry

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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
+1 828-877-3130
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First Lumberjack Competition

My brother has attending the Forest Festival Day in the Pisgah Forest at Hendersonville, NC. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Roy08AT
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Albany Georiga
Nice exhibits and very educational

This is along the road between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brevard. There is an interesting film... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ben T
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Mobile, Alabama
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Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a simulated ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall. Come explore the sights and sounds, check out the events and activities, and plan your adventure at the birthplace of Forest Conservation in America - the Cradle of Forestry in America. We are CLOSED November-March.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother has attending the Forest Festival Day in the Pisgah Forest at Hendersonville, NC. I took my grandson and brothers to make a day of it. The competitors were all in when it came to showing off their skills. crosscut sawing, archery, axe throwing,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is along the road between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brevard. There is an interesting film about the beginnings of forestry in the US. There is a small exhibit hall with information and displays showing the early days of forestry in these mountains. There...More

Thank Ben T
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit to the Cradle and taking the time to leave us a kind review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This site is exquisite! There is a great hiking trail and it can be a meditative time. We did not find many people on the trail. There was even a train. The flowers and trees were gorgeous and we loved visiting this site.

Thank Gloria L
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It is nice when you feel as though you have the trails all to yourself! Thank you for your visit and kind words.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with out of town company, mostly because our guest was a professional forester with his own logging business. As a professional he really enjoyed The Who experience, including the movie, the museum displays and the outdoor historic buildings. The rest of us enjoyed...More

Thank Barb B
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so grateful that you brought your visitors to the Cradle, and that you felt there were things for everyone to enjoy! Your positive words about our volunteers will be passed along to them. Thanks!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've visited the Cradle a couple of times and most recently for a hike with llamas. This is a wonderful place within the Pisgah Forest and very accessible for most. The staff at the Cradle are friendly and helpful. Our two-mile hike with the llamas...More

Thank Levannah
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for coming back to visit us and taking advantage of our special events! We do love the llamas when they come. Your feedback regarding the staff will be passed forward. Thanks!

Reviewed 9 September 2017

The Waterfalls and Wine tour with our guide Brian was superb! We got to see the falls that are identified along the road and falls that were hidden gems. The stop at Broad Street Wines after was a great way to cap off our hike....More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

The Cradle of Forestry is just that, it's where teaching forestry began in the US. Students would live and work in the area and the schoolhouse, dorms, office, general store, blacksmith and other buildings are still maintained. The schoolhouse had a ranger that explained the...More

Thank Steve R
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We are grateful for your visit to the Cradle and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 19 August 2017

Nature lovers in particular will enjoy this stop. An information center discusses the history about the beginnings of forest management in the US (ties to the Biltmore estate), with a theater showing a short film (good idea to watch the film before you go on...More

Thank BlueVB
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We appreciate your visit and kind review! We hope you are able to visit us again someday!

Reviewed 14 August 2017

The cradle of forestry is an interesting site for all ages. Begin your visit at the visitor center where you pay for your admission which is nominal. If you have a National Park Pass it is free. The staff is very helpful in directing you...More

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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Thanks for taking time to spend with us!

Reviewed 11 August 2017

Our National Forest Service does an excellent job administering this educational site right off US Rt. 276 within Pisgah National Forest. It is approximately four miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a nominal entrance fee of $5.00 per person. We visited on...More

Thank Larry T
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We are so grateful for your visit and hope you can come see us again someday!

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